The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Needs YOU TODAY!

The Bureau of Land Management has issued a “call for nominations” to invite oil companies to drill in the sacred Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. And they will only accept mailed-in or hand-delivered comments; no electronic comments will be accepted.  

Please mail a letter to the Bureau of Land Management telling them oil development has no place in the Arctic Refuge. We will provide you with a sample letter and the mailing address. You provide the stamp! Comments must be received in Anchorage by December 17.

A sample letter can be found by visiting the Audubon Action Center. Remember to personalize your letter; any letter helps but letters that you individualize get more attention.

Birds that we all love, like Snow Geese, Sandhill Cranes, Tundra Swans and others depend upon this important refuge for breeding.

Remember … to get to Alaska by the required deadline, your letter needs to be mailed as soon as possible! (Make it FLY!!!)

2021 Habitat Hero Workshop Announced: Jan 12-14, 2021

HabHero logo_nowhitebackgroundThe 7th Annual Cheyenne Habitat Hero Workshop will be held as three, free, lunch-time, Zoom webinars Jan. 12-14.  Registration is free and the link to register is available on the Audubon Rockies website: https://rockies.audubon.org/events/7th-annual-cheyenne-habitat-hero-workshop-natures-best-hope

Workshop keynote speaker Jan. 12 at noon is Douglas Tallamy, author of the national best seller, “Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants.” Tallamy will discuss simple steps that each of us can—and must—take to reverse declining biodiversity and will explain why we, ourselves, are nature’s best hope. “Nature’s Best Hope” is the name of his latest book.

Jan. 13, noon, Jim Tolstrup, director of the High Plains Environmental Center in Loveland, Colorado, will talk about “Successful Gardening with Native Plants of the High Plains.” Centerra, the 3000-acre mixed-use development where HPEC is located has been certified by the National Wildlife Federation as the first Wildlife Habitat Community in Colorado. Jim will share favorite native plants, information on how to grow them, and specific wildlife benefits that the plants provide.

Jan. 14, noon “Winter Sowing Plant-Along” – Laramie County Master Gardener Michelle Bohanan will present an explanation and demonstration of the winter sowing technique, a way to start native plants in protected mini greenhouses (like milk jugs) left outdoors in winter. No artificial heat or light required.

For information is available at https://cheyenneaudubon.wordpress.com/habitat-hero/.   The workshop is being sponsored by Cheyenne-High Plains Audubon Society, Laramie County Master Gardeners, Community Wildlife Habitat Project-West Edge District, and Audubon Rockies.

Questions may be address to Barb Gorges.  Contact her at 307-287-4952 or bgorges4@msn.com.

Habitat Hero Photo

Dates to Remember: November 2020

IMG_1079November 17th, 7:00 pm: Mark your calendar to attend the 7:00 PM Zoom presentation by Mark and Barb Gorges as they take us through how to use the free eBird program to make bird quizzes.  This lesson will be particularly useful  as we learn more about bird identification in preparation for the Cheyenne Christmas Bird Count, scheduled for late December.

Barb and Mark will also show how to join eBird, how to enter bird sightings through it and how to use the eBird mobile app and find other resources such as birding hotspots around the world.  More information is posted on the CHPAS website (see posts) and in the November newsletter. 

November 21 8:00 am: Field Trip to Wyoming Hereford Ranch. We will meet in the parking area at the Wyoming Hereford Ranch office building. This will be another opportunity to brush up on identifying Cheyenne winter birds in the field in preparation for our Christmas Bird Count in December.  Protective masks will be required and there is no carpooling available. If you are interested in going, contact Grant Frost, 307-343-2024, so that he has a list of those expected, and can let you know if the plans change for any reason.IMG_7244 (2)

November 24 7:00 pm: Virtual Board Meeting.  Contact Terry Harper, cheyenneaudubon@gmail.com, if you would like to participate in helping to plan chapter activities.

November 27 8:00 am: Country Club Bird Survey.  Contact Chuck Seniawski to take part or be on his email notice list: 307-638-6519. 

 

Chapter Bylaw Review

The CHPAS Constitution and Bylaws were first created in 1978. They were amended in 2002. Therefore, It was long overdue for the Board to review and amend the guiding rules for our functioning.  The changes developed more accurately document how the Board functions in carrying out the mission of the organization.

Members of our Chapter will soon be asked to vote on these new Bylaws. Please use the following link to visit the “About Our Chapter” webpage and review the changes that the Board provided. https://cheyenneaudubon.wordpress.com/about/

Thank you!

Love Our Greenway? Help CHPAS Keep It Beautiful!

Do you enjoy walking, biking or birding on Cheyenne’s Greenway? Then we need your help.

Cheyenne Audubon is hosting a Greenway cleanup event on Saturday, September 26, from 10 a.m. – noon. The starting location is the parking lot adjacent to the intersection of Van Buren Avenue and Laramie Street (just north of East Lincolnway and east of its intersection with Pershing Blvd.). Work will proceed to the north along Dry Creek.
         Trash bags and light-weight gloves will be provided. Participants should wear sturdy footwear (preferably waterproof) and heavy gloves and bring rakes and hoes, if available, for fishing trash out of the creek. Masks are recommended.

Thanks in advance for your help and … spread the word! We can use all the help we can get.

Questions? Send us an email: cheyenneaudubon@gmail.com

National Audubon Society Joins Coalition to Sue Administration Over Harmful NEPA Rules

The National Environmental Protections Act, at 50 years old, requires the federal government to analyze the environmental impact of major actions and provide that information to the public for review and comment. The current administration’s Council on Environmental Quality would eliminate some reviews and most importantly, impede public comment.

We can not allow this to happen.

A broad coalition of justice and environmental groups are working together to fight changes that would gut 50 years of environmental protection – and set back or destroy progress already made. The National Audubon Society (NAS) has joined the fight along with many other groups to sue the Trump administration. Learn more about their fight here.

Your support of the National Audubon Society helps them fight changes that could have a devastating impact on wildlife and their habitat. Thank you for your support of the National Audubon Society and our Chapter.

September Dates to Remember – CHPAS

Wilson’s Warbler

Fall in Wyoming means that migrant birds will be once again passing through our wonderful state, heading south for the winter.

Be on the lookout for warblers like this Wilson’s Warbler, a common sight as they migrate south.

Lions Park, one of Cheyenne’s Important Bird Areas, is a great place to enjoy our feathered friends. You may notice more birds coming to your yard feeders now too. Get out, enjoy autumn, and bird on!

Dates to Remember:

Tuesday, September 15th – Introduction to iNaturalist with Mason Lee (7:00 p.m.) Join us for our first Zoom chapter program. iNaturalist is a social networking platform for nature enthusiasts to share biodiversity information–you can record your observations, get help with identifications, and see what other people are observing around the world. Learn more about iNaturalist and how to use it during this presentation.

New to Zoom? Learn how to connect to our free program by reading our September newsletter.

Saturday, September 19th – Field Trip to Springer and Table Mountain Wildlife Habitat Management Area. 8:00 a.m.

We will leave from the parking lot by the Children’s Village at the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens at 8 a.m. Plan to caravan, not carpool, north on US-85, about 68 miles to the Parking Area for Springer/Bump Sullivan Wildlife Habitat Management Area. The gravel parking area is on the west side of the highway, 6.4 miles north of Hawk Springs. There will be some hiking on uneven ground.

After checking out the lakes and habitat there, we will drive about 16 miles east to Table Mountain WHMA. We expect to see waterfowl, shorebirds, hawks and maybe some other migrating and resident birds. Call Mark Gorges if you plan to join us (307-634-0463).

Tuesday, September 22nd 7:00 p.m. – Virtual Board Meeting Please contact Terry Harper, Chapter President, if you would like to attend (cheyenneaudubon@gmail.com).

Friday, September 25th 8:00 a.m. – Cheyenne Country Club Bird Survey. Please contact Chuck Seniawski to take part (307-638-6519).

Good news! Greater Sage Grouse Counts Increase …

Greater Sage Grouse counts are up in key states across the west. The numbers held steady for Wyoming which holds up to 33% of the greater sage grouse population. There was a 33% increase noted in the NE part of the state.

If you missed this WyoFile article entitled “Greater sage grouse counts tick up West-wide“, be sure to take time to read it. Success doesn’t come easily and we can’t let the pressure up – but we thank you for your support of the Greater Sage Grouse and their habitat.

Enjoy a little good environmental news!

CHPAS Members … let your voice be heard for wildlife!

Through Audubon in Action you can let your voice be heard through messaging to lawmakers.

Whether it’s weakening of current wildlife protections in legislation, increases in drilling on public lands, or impacts of climate change, your message of concern matters.

Join Audubon in Action and easily sign on to letters to your lawmakers in Washington.  Visit https://www.audubon.org/takeaction today!

CHPAS Sept. 15th Program – Introduction to iNaturalist with Mason Lee

Join us for our first Zoom chapter program at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 15th. It is FREE and easy to join! Register here!

iNaturalist is a social networking platform for nature enthusiasts to share biodiversity information–you can record your observations, get help with identifications, and see what other people are observing around the world. Learn more about iNaturalist and how to use it during this presentation.

Mason is the project coordinator for the University of Wyoming Biodiversity Institute, and has been an iNaturalist user for 5 years. She especially loves using iNaturalist to explore the biodiversity around her when she travels and to get help identifying invertebrates that she finds!

New to Zoom? Learn how our programs will work HERE.